12 PRISM students attend ABRCMS ’14 in San Antonio, TX

GroupThe 14th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) was held in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month (November 12-15). Twelve PRISM students attended, presenting posters about their scientific research at John Jay. Three of these students (Yessenia Lopez, Porfirio Fernandez, and Jiwon Seo) received Travel Awards ABRCMSfrom the conference to defray the costs of their travels. Dr. Jason Rauceo and Dr. Garry Brown from the Science Department accompanied the students, as well as PRISM coordinator Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin.

ABRCMS is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in the United States, with more than 1,700 students presenting their research in about twelve fields in biomedical sciences. Our students presented their work in diverse projects (chemistry, toxicology, cellular and molecular biology, environmental sciences, and microbiology), showcasing the diversity of scientific research being performed at John Jay.Stephania

To prepare for their presentation, PRISM organized “ABRCMS Boot Camp” the week before departing for Texas. Students got to practice their presentation skills in daily sessions helped by faculty members of the Science Department and the PRISM staff. They also got to learn about networking and perfected their “elevator pitch.” At the conference they attended sessions discussing the importance of science communication, how to prepare an application to graduate programs, the different types of graduate programs, and the importance of networking and other professional development events.

An account by Richard Khusial, senior Forensic Science major:

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The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia,Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.

 

 

The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master’s degree program at a partner university
  • preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • a $30,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders

There are two upcoming application deadlines – November 14, 2014 and January 31, 2015 (the final deadline).  For more information and to apply, please go to The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship website.

NYC Teaching Fellows Program

The New York City Teaching Fellows program is preparing a critical mass of exceptional teachers committed to a better future for the NYC students who need them most.  Fellows complete a master’s degree that is subsidized by the NYC Department of Education while teaching full-time in a public school, allowing for a direct transition into the classroom.

Since 2000, the Fellows program has provided New York City students with thousands of talented new teachers. Today, Fellows work in 80 percent of New York City’s 1,800 public schools and represent 12 percent of the city’s active teaching force.

The priority application deadline is November 6th, 2014.

Here’s How to Get Started:

  1. Visit the NYC TF website to see if you are eligible to apply.
  2. Visit the FAQ page to learn about the program and the Fellowship experience.
  3. Review the application process and learn about the materials you’ll need to gather.

Attend an Event: If you would like to attend an online information session to receive more information about the NYC TF program, please register here. The next online information session will be on Thursday, October 30th from 6pm-7pm EST.

America Needs You Fellowships

America Needs You (ANY) fights for economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students. Through intensive career development, mentorship, and professional networks, ANY enables students to realize their academic and career aspirations. ANY’s Fellows Program is an intensive program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students.

Outcomes of the ANY Fellows from the 2013 annual report.

Outcomes of the ANY Fellows from the 2013 annual report.

The two-year program offers students (Fellows) career development workshops, access to internships, and professional development grants. All Fellows are matched one-on-one with a successful and motivated professional “Mentor Coach” dedicated to their personal and professional growth. Mentor Coaches and Fellows work together to cultivate the Fellows’ strengths and interests, and direct them into successful careers.

Fellows:

  • Earn up to $2,500 in professional development grants
  • Access 2 summer internships at prestigious companies and organizations
  • Receive individualized support from a Mentor Coach
  • Obtain in-kind services and products such as free business attire and subsidized test preparation
  • Network with leading industry professionals

Fellows attend 28 full-day workshops over two years, receiving intense career development and leadership training. Workshops cover topics such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, public speaking, and relationship management. All workshops take place on Saturdays and typically run from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

To learn about eligibility requirements and apply for the Fellows Program, go to either New York Needs You or New Jersey Needs You.

Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program

This fellowship program encourages students to seek advanced education in technical areas related to nuclear forensics and provides incentives for universities to invest in and further develop radiochemistry NTNFlogo_smand other nuclear forensics-related academic programs.  The Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program (NFGFP) gives highly motivated students an exceptional opportunity to apply their knowledge to enhance U.S. national security.  As a key component of the broader National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program, the NFGFP enables fellows to gain unique, hands-on experience through laboratory practicums and close interaction with technical and policy experts throughout the nuclear forensics community.

Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, the life sciences, or engineering are eligible to apply for the NFGFP. Graduate students in these technical disciplines who will have at least two full years of graduate work remaining at the beginning of September 2015 are also eligible. Applicants must be pursuing or planning to pursue doctoral studies in specialties directly relevant to technical nuclear forensics. These specialties include but are not limited to radiochemistry, geochemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, materials science, and analytical chemistry.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

For more information, follow this link.

2014 Graduate & Professional School Fair @ John Jay

The John Jay Career Center, The Pre-Law Institute, and the Pre-Health Careers Advisement Center invite all John Jay students and alumni to attend John Jay’s Graduate & Professional Fair. This year, over 35 graduate programs and 10 medicine/health programs will be attending. Of the graduate programs, over twenty have masters or Ph.D. programs in sciences, from Chemistry to Anthropology and Criminal Justice. For a breakdown of all the graduate programs and the disciplines in science they represent, follow this link (excel file): Graduate Programs. You will find there a list of all the schools, their programs in science or in health, and links to their programs descriptions.

Why should you attend? You can learn about what these programs look for in their candidates and also there is a chance to win a Kaplan GRE or MCAT course. Also, many schools will be offering fee waivers for their applications. Throughout the fair, there will be a program of scheduled talks from various representatives on topics of interest for applicants to grad/law/med schools. For a full program of those talks, follow this link (word doc): Schedule of talks during the Grad Fair.

The fair will take place Wednesday October 15, 2014 in the Gym (4th floor Harren Hall) from 1-4pm.

Tips for Attending the Grad School Fair:

  1. Research the schools and programs (use the link above) represented ahead of time.
  2. Rank the schools according to your preference. Visit the schools you are most interested in first.
  3. Prepare questions to ask representatives ahead of time.
  4. Prepare answers for questions representatives might ask you, i.e. Why do you want to attend grad/med/law school? When will you be applying? What would you like to do with this degree?
  5. Dress professionally. Remember, you want to make a good first impression.
  6. Give yourself plenty of time. Arrive early and, if you can, attend the session “How to make the most of the Grad School Fair” at 12:30 in the Gym (Racquetball court).

Scholarship for Future Mathematicians, Scientists, and Engineers!

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Each year the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, and engineering scholarships of up to $7,500.  The scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2015 for use during the 2015–2016 academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors or college seniors in the 2015–2016 academic year—who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

The scholarships cover college-related expenses, such as:

  • Undergraduate tuition
  • University fees
  • Books
  • Room and Board

The deadline to apply is November 03, 2014.  If interested, contact The Office of Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities or Elizabeth Cayton Broccoli, John Jay College Pre Law Coordinator.

 

Top 3 Sites for Authoritative Forensic Science Research

This is a guest post by Ellen Sexton, John Jay Librarian.

You have a brilliant idea to test in the lab; but has someone already done it?  Or something similar?  A quick search of the literature can inform your work.  Scientists publish their best research reports as articles in journals.  Here are three tools to make finding articles on your area of interest a bit easier:

1. A Better Google Scholar

If you like using Google Scholar at home, but are getting frustrated with pay-walls obstructing your access to articles, try using the link from the Library home page which goes through our proxy server and looks like this:   http://ez.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/login?url=http://scholar.google.com  Then your results will include links to whatever the library subscribes to:

Google Scholar

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NOAA Scholarship Opportunity

 

NOAA logo roundAre you interested in science, service, and stewardship?  If so, the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP) is looking for you.  USP scholarships are for rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA’s mission.

 

If selected, students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in support during their junior and senior years.  First, the recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in NOAA Silver Springs MDSilver Spring, MD.  Next, they complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. Then, during the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country (students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance during this internship).  Finally, at the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).

 

 To apply, go to this page:

https://oedwebapps.iso.noaa.gov/uspa/

The application period is September 1, 2014 to January 30, 2015.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or a 3rd year student in a five-year program in a discipline related to NOAA’s programs and mission at an accredited minority serving institution (John Jay qualifies). You must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

When crafting your application, keep in mind that competitive applications are those that:

  • address the NOAA mission;
  • have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission;
  • have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission

Zully Santiago receives honorary award for her work in The Writing Center

ZullyThis past summer our student (and the 2014 PRISM Symposium Best Poster Presentation winner) Zully Santiago received an Honorary Award presented by both the Department of Sciences and the Department of English for her contributions at the John Jay Writing Center. Professor Artem Domashevskiy, Zully’s research advisor, told us that “for many years now Zully has worked at the Writing Center, specializing in teaching John Jay’s Biochemistry students how to read and write scientific manuscripts in both The Journal of Biological Chemistry and Biochemistry Journal style formats, because I require lab reports in my Biochemistry classes to be submitted in those formats.”

Zully graduated in the spring, and will be attending CUNY Graduate Center to begin her Ph.D. studies this fall. Prof. Domashevskiy notes that “Zully is a very gifted, intelligent, creative, and hardworking young woman. I believe she will have a bright future as a researcher and academician and will become an exceptional professional in her field.”